Tips & Advice
How long does it take to repair furniture professionally?
The time it takes to repair furniture professionally depends on the nature of the repairs and whether the piece needs to be transported to a professional facility or can be done on site. To fix minor dents and scratches may take just a few hours. To refinish cabinets or wood furniture pieces usually takes 1-2 days. Reupholstering furniture may take 1 week, but that’s because it’s a multi-step process that might require ordering new fabric from a manufacturer.
What types of furniture damage can be repaired?
The types of furniture damage that can be repaired by a non-professional include re-stuffing sagging couches and chairs, restoring and fixing small holes in worn leather, removing surface water marks, filling holes and repairing scratches in wood. People with a knack for DIY can often figure out how to refinish wood and re-upholster furniture.
How to repair split wood?
The process to repair splits or cracks in wood usually involves either wood glue fill, or sometimes filler wood pieces. A common technique is to place clamps strategically along the glue-filled crack to squeeze the two pieces back together again, until the glue dries.
How to fill a hole in wood?
To fill a hole in wood, use either wood putty or wood filler that is made of wood fibers mixed into a binding agent. Another common technique is to sharpen a skinny piece of wood to a point on one end, put putty or filler on the end, and push the putty or filler as deep in the hole as possible. Whether you use just putty or filler, or a combination of wood and filler, it is key to wipe off the excess from the surrounding area. Once the filler has dried, make sure it’s sawn and/or sanded down so it is even with the surrounding wood.
How to fix a sagging couch?
To fix a sagging couch, there are a few things you could try: You may simply need to add more stuffing (in some combination of foam and down) to the back cushions and throw pillows. In many cases, the seat cushions also may need more filler--specifically foam padding cut to size. Another quick fix for saggy seat cushions involves cutting a piece of plywood or particle board to fit invisibly on top of the couch frame and under the cushions, providing additional support.
What is the best way to store antiques?
The best way to store antiques is in a clean, dry, water-tight and protected space that does not allow in any pests, and is temperature and humidity-controlled. Furniture should be well cleaned beforehand and stored free-standing, not stacked. Mirrors should be bubble-wrapped. Art, books, and documents should also be wrapped in special paper and placed within protective boxes. Rugs should be rolled and wrapped in plastic. Antique jewelry should be stored in secure compartmentalized containers, not in an area where hair products or colognes are sprayed.
How does an antique auction work?
Antique auctions work so as to effect the sales and purchase of antiques through an auction houses, with the service of an auctioneer. Auction houses take goods on consignment, valuate and market them to clientele, and then handle the sale and payment collection on behalf of the seller, for a commission. Many auction houses charge an extra “buyer’s premium,” which is also based on percentage of the item’s price.
Do antiques always increase in value?
No, antiques do not always increase in value. If there isn’t a desire or perceived value for a certain item, its value might decrease. Sometimes, if many collectors are selling off antiques of a certain style or type, and not many are buying, the value of that style, or that type of object, will decrease.
Yes, antiques can be cleaned, but it must be done carefully and gently, paying special attention to the types of cleaning products and materials used. Whether are you are cleaning furniture, collectibles or jewelry, research beforehand to find out what polishes, waxes and oils will work best and do no damage.
What is an ancient antique?
The terms “ancient” and “antique” are related, as in they both derive from the same Latin word, but the two words are not typically used together to describe an object. An ancient item is much older than an antique, and is usually called an “antiquity.” It comes from a long-ago period in history, before the Middle Ages.